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Parks and nature in Los Angeles

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“This is a great place to visit and on the weekends they have different types of events that are good for the family or for visitors please Google it to see what event is going on the weekend of Your arrival ”
  • 102 locals recommend
“Walk around the park. Lot's of open space for picnicking. On a Sunday you might catch a lowrider meet-up. Bring food from Cookbook and wine or beer from Sunset Beer.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Skating Rink
“Though this Spanish-inspired plaza has seen better days—blame it on a postmodern makeover and some unsavory fixtures—it remains Downtown’s central public space. The park hosts events throughout the year, including a Wednesday farmers’ market, summer concerts and a winter ice skating rink, but it’s worth a visit anytime for its views of the surrounding iconic 1920s- and ’30s-built edifices.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Tasty dessert shop with creative creations like grilled cheese sandwiches with chicken and grape jam. Has stuff like chocolate-covered strawberries, little cakes, etc. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
“Very large park with miles of trails through the hills and trees. Lots of views of the city. The LA Dodgers Baseball Stadium is adjacent.”
  • 8 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Los Angeles State Historic Park is a 32 acre state park within the Chinatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Also known as the Cornfield, the former brownfield consists of a long open space between Spring Street and the tracks of the Metro Gold Line. Take the Gold Line train and get off at the Chinatown stop. There probably is no other state park in California that can be so easily reached via rail transit — the Gold Line’s Chinatown Station is a short stroll from the park. There’s also a Metro Bike Share dock at Chinatown Station so you could conceivably go zero-carbon and pedal your way over. Bicycles are also allowed in the park, should you wish to bike all the way in. Just be sure to stay on the trail! On the 22nd, head to the park at 10 a.m. to participate in opening festivities! The free, day-long celebration will include family-friendly activities, food trucks and musical performances by Grammy Award-winning QUETZAL, MILCK , Subsuelo and more. And of course, you’ll be able to check out the new features of this beautiful urban green space: there’s a welcome center with restrooms, a snack bar called Cargo that’s made of recycled shipping containers, the Roundhouse Bridge and Overlook that provides a nice view of DTLA, hillsides covered with California poppies and goldfields, and an orange grove where you are encouraged to pick and enjoy the fruit. Not bad for a former freight rail yard. This is a flat park. There are no hills. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
“There’s a great hiking trail through the park, with view of Downtown from one side and northeast LA from the other.”
  • 10 locals recommend
“Next to the building. Great place to go sit, read, watch the dogs in the dog run, watch kids play in the play area. Hours are sun up to sun down.”
  • 8 locals recommend


“Instagram-worthy spot, especially during golden hour. Perfect for families. Kids can play in the water park portion. There's always some fun event going on.”
  • 1 local recommends


“One of LA's finest parks, for hiking, picnics and BBQs, catch superb views of surrounding LA and Downtown. Not to me missed.”
  • 35 locals recommend
“The $.50 Echo Park DASH shuttle bus stops right at the corner of Echo Park Ave and Baxter St every 20 minutes. Take it to Echo Park and Sunset or all the way downtown (via a circuitous route). ”
  • 5 locals recommend
“Great urban hike with lots of well populated trails. Some great views of Downtown LA.”
  • 2 locals recommend